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Report: If you want Rajon Rondo or Jeff Green then Celtics want a lot in return

Feb 12, 2014, 9:53 PM EDT

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This is exactly what Flip Saunders was talking about when he suggested this will be a slower than expected trade deadline because teams are not willing to part with picks in perceived good drafts.

There is buzz out of Boston that GM Danny Ainge is shopping around just about everyone on the roster —Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green included.

At the right price.

That price is likely to include first round picks and be too steep for other teams, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix told WEEI Radio (hat tip to Eye on Basketball).

“If Danny gets a monster offer for Rondo, I don’t think he’s attached to him in the sense that he’s untradeable,” Mannix said. “But I think it’s going to take a huge, All-Star level Kevin Garnett or Ray Allen type of offer.” (To be clear, he means a blockbuster deal like the ones the Celtics made to get those two in 2007, not bringing those two back.)

“I think at this point, Jeff Green is absolutely on the table for a deal. I think if Boston can find a way to find a way to get either a first-round draft pick or some kind of young piece back that can be better for their future, they would be willing to deal him,” he said. “The problem is that other teams are seeing what Jeff Green is, and other teams are seeing just how much money Jeff Green is making, and I don’t think they’re willing to deal for him.”

There’s a reason Oklahoma City was willing to move Green in the Kendrick Perkins trade, that they didn’t see Green as part of the future. Ainge gets that now, but he also gave Green a new contract that makes him very hard to move.

Rondo is going to be a Celtic next season. The question Ainge really has to deal with here is if he can re-sign Rondo in the summer of 2015, and if not should he move him.

One thing seems clear — Boston is going to look to make a big splash in the summer of 2015 (and beyond), that is when they will decide if they like what they have and will have the cap space to go after some big name free agents. It will be a tough market (the Lakers and Knicks should have cap space then too, among others) but that is clearly the plan.

  1. csbanter - Feb 12, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    The NBA trade deadline has been a bust for several years now. We read about all these rumors but end up with injured salary cap guys being moved for a draft pick or something.

    You’d think the Celtics would hold onto Green,Rondo and Sullinger. Ainge or Dumars whose worst.

    • antianarxi - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:20 AM

      you have obviously mistaken the celtics for some team like orlando, sacremento, etc… why would they hold on to these guys when its obvious they wont win you a championship? thats why its called rebuilding. you are putting ainge on the same page as dumars who changed 9 coaches in 8 years? that says alot about what you know about the NBA…

    • unxpexted1 - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      The new CBA has ruined the trade deadline

  2. jerdogthompson - Feb 12, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Every team is looking to “make a splash”. Doesn’t appear any team is willing to part with first round picks however.

    I’m going out on a limb and saying there will be zero blockbuster trades by the deadline. What you got is what you will have. May the best team win.

    • antianarxi - Feb 13, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      you are right. part of the problem here is the media’s hype about this years picks.

      • coachjac30 - Feb 13, 2014 at 2:06 AM

        I agree with this, I think this draft is very over hyped. I don’t think any of these players are ready to contribute immediately, and I think when it is all said and done this draft won’t even come close to matching the hype

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        I think you’re right coachjac. This draft is loaded and there is a slew of potentially productive players but the hype has gotten so high that it has now become waaay overrated. There are going to be a lot of disappointed teams/fan bases if they truly believe there is a top 8-10 talent all the way through the entire 1st round.

  3. thekingdave - Feb 12, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    I’ve got to laugh at the “like the blockbuster ones made for Garnett and Allen” comment. When it was all said and done, what did they really give up? Al Jefferson for KG and Jeff Green for Ray Allen. What a king’s ransom right there.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 12, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      For Allen, you’re correct, Boston didn’t give up anything much beyond just Jeff Green.

      For KG, Minnesota got 7 players and 2 first rounders. Only player out of that 7 worth mentioning is Al Jefferson, who is a good offensive center. The first rounders became Wayne Ellington and Jonny Flynn (busts), but a different GM could have gotten better players with those picks. That draft, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Brandon Jennings, Jrue Holiday, Ty Lawson, and Taj Gibson were all first rounders available with at least one of those 2 first rounders.

      • sportsfan18 - Feb 13, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        all good points, except you shouldn’t have included Brandon Jennings in your list of players they could have gotten. He’s not good, he shoots under 40% from the field, this year, for his career and for 3 of his first 4 full seasons.

        He’s definitely on track to shoot less than 40% from the field again this year and that would make 4 of his first 5 seasons shooting below 40% from the field.

        His high water mark is a whopping .418% and a rounded 42% is nothing to brag about, especially when it’s the BEST you’ve ever done…

        Detroit is finding out he is NOT a point guard either.

        And with the way he shoots (or rather doesn’t) he sure isn’t a good shooting guard either.

  4. phaden27 - Feb 13, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Not a big fan of Chris Mannix. He either makes safe picks for stories that are common sense to the every fan, or says something so outrageous that he should be working for The Mothership.

  5. dperk123 - Feb 13, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Rondo for Irving

    Green for Gordon Hayward

    plus CARMELO ANTHONY!!!!!

  6. billtetley53 - Feb 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    You do realize the amount of salary the Celtics took onin those 2 trades, dont you?
    Hell, Allen had 51 million left, and KG was on his big 2nd contract. Its not all about the players in some of those years gone by trades.
    The term blockbuster sometimes is about the amount of players in the deal too, not the quality.

  7. officialgame - Feb 13, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Boston has a history of running players into the ground then ripping off some moronic GM. Been doing it forever and that’s why they win Championships.

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